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Mother Tongue: My Family's Globe-Trotting Quest to Dream in Mandarin, Laugh in Arabic, and Sing in Spanish Hardcover – May 17, 2016
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“An engaging travel narrative for both language lovers and general audiences.”
“Christine Gilbert takes us, her husband, and her toddler to China, Beirut, and Mexico on a quest to connect with locals and master their languages… for as long as it takes. But her plans get hijacked by political and human events. Gilbert’s warmth and willpower are contagious, and I especially loved vicariously learning the challenges of Mandarin. Her journey moves us through determination, disappointments, and finally, into joy. Her talent is to make us care!”
—Rita Golden Gelman, author of Tales of a Female Nomad
“Christine Gilbert’s intimate, honest narrative, rooted in science, illustrates the courage it takes to “be global” and raise global kids – complete with humor, humility and humanity. I thoroughly enjoyedMother Tongue and encourage anyone who’s considered living or traveling abroad with kids to read this book!”
—Homa S. Tavangar, author of Growing Up Global
“Read this book while packing your suitcase. You'll be inspired by Christine's stories of adventure in foreign lands, and you'll be encouraged by how close her family became as they traded risk for reward wherever they went.”
—Chris Guillebeau, NYT bestselling author of Born for This and The $100 Startup
"Inspiring... Gilbert balances a young family and her career to take us on an enviable journey around the world while also providing illuminating research on language acquisition for the young and old alike."
—Jen Lin-Liu, author of On the Noodle Road
About the Author
Christine Gilbert is a writer, photographer, and documentary filmmaker and is the creator of the popular blog Almostfearless.com. Gilbert’s site has been mentioned in the Los Angeles Times Web Buzz, the Travel Channel’s World Hum, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Brave New Traveler, National Geographic Traveler, and many more publications. Her writing and photography have been seen on Lonely Planet, Rough Guides, and BBC Travel.
Originally from the Boston area, Gilbert now lives in Barcelona, Spain, with her husband, Drew, and their children, Cole and Stella.
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Maybe I didn't read the best part, but I felt the part I read was quite shallow. It showed me that to be a global person, or at least multi-cultural, one either has to start building a world view from a younger age, or has an open mind as an adult.
It was slow too. Too many details that I didn't care about.
This book is a love story for everyone. If you love to travel, have children, are fascinated with cultures and subcultures of the world or are just trying to figure out the best way to learn your target language, then this book is for you.
It's about a millennial couple wanting the absolute best for their children because at the end of the day, don't they come first? With the World Wide Web bringing the planet closer together in the new century, its powerful prose captures the soul of young and old alike. The Gilbert's are providing their small children with a priceless gift, giving them a broader perspective of the world first-hand by traveling to a few places not for the timid or fearful of heart.
Gilbert had me laughing out loud and openly sobbing during a cross country flight. Their story is sobering and inspiring. You will get caught up in Gilbert's humble struggles to decrease the effects and onset of dementia later in life by exercising and opening their minds with the proven methods of multilingualism.
All I can say is, don't dive into this book with any expectations or assumptions. Just let it unfold and wash over you as Gilbert takes you on her journey with her family.
Even though the story wraps up with a book-end finish, it leaves you wanting more. Whether there is a sequel or not, you can catch up with this family's adventure through Gilbert's blog at almostfearless.com or find them on Facebook at Almost Fearless.